Meaning of “sketch” in the English Dictionary

"sketch" in British English

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sketchnoun [ C ]

uk /sketʃ/ us /sketʃ/

sketch noun [ C ] (SIMPLE SHAPE/FORM)

C1 a simple, quickly-made drawing that does not have many details:

My mother made a (pencil) sketch of my brother reading a book.

C2 a short written or spoken story that does not have many details

More examples

  • a freehand sketch
  • pencil sketches
  • The builder did a rough sketch of how the new stairs would look.
  • She did a quick sketch of her father reading the paper.
  • She's done some really good sketches.

sketchverb [ I or T ]

uk /sketʃ/ us /sketʃ/

(Definition of “sketch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sketchnoun [ C ]

us /sketʃ/

sketch noun [ C ] (DRAWING)

a simple, quickly made drawing:

a pen and ink sketch

sketch noun [ C ] (HUMOROUS PERFORMANCE)

a short, humorous part of a stage, television, or radio show:

She helped write a sketch for a comedy show.

sketch noun [ C ] (DESCRIPTION)

a short description that does not give many details:

a biographical sketch

sketchverb [ I/T ]


to quickly make a simple drawing:

[ I ] I like to sketch.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “sketch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)